Well, that’s what he would be called today. Peter Smith was the second Cray Valley boy to qualify for training at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. School Captain Ben Brown preceded him by a couple of years and I had the privilege of following Peter in October 1965.
By chance I was recently given the October and November 1966 editions of ‘Flying Review International’. Right across the centrefold (including the rusty staples) was an advertisement for Cranwell. I immediately recognised Peter in the centre of the ad and contacted him to confirm. He remembered it well but said that unfortunately two of the other Officer Cadets were later killed in aircraft accidents.
‘Sports Filmed As Boys Break Records’
In 1964, it was Peter who gave me my very first experience of flying. At 63 shillings an hour Peter and I took off from Biggin Hill airfield in a rickety old red Tiger Moth and I was hooked. On the next flight with Peter I took a camera and here are two of the shots captured on school Sports Day 1964.
Even the Kentish Times thought it was newsworthy!
How dramatic! Even then the press were getting something wrong as usual – ‘cellulose’?
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9th November 2016